Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Franken, Bad Manners, Carleton and Peter Fritz 

For those who do not know, Carleton College in Northfield, MN was the employer of deceased former US Senator, Paul Wellstone. As with most college campuses, the majority of its students and staff lean left. A special election was held January 3, 2008 for a MN State Senate seat. The DFL candidate won by a rather large margin. Key votes came from the Carleton precinct. Al Franken, former comedian and candidate for the DFL Senate challenge to sitting US Senator, Norm Coleman, held a rally the night before the election.

After the rally, students posed for photos with Mr. Franken's. Apparently his treatment of one of the conservative students, Peter Fritz, was less than what one would expect from a US Senate candidate. I know Peter. He is the epitome of a knowledgeable, responsible, articulate, intelligent, polite young man. He treats all with respect. According to this write-up in the Mpls. Star Tribune, the same cannot be said of some DFL students nor Mr. Franken. For the record, Carlton does not have a GOP group. If you read the article, you can spot the unwarranted snide comments made against Peter.